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England must have no fear” lineker


I saw this interview on a british website,the interview is all about former England captain Gary lineker,sending warnings to Roy hodgson and is English side to take matters more serious now,and look at the condition they are in and put fear aside.
” England have a bright future and should go into their match against Uruguay confident of victory, says former captain Gary Lineker.
Roy Hodgson’s team, beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening World Cup game on Saturday, play Uruguay on Thursday.
“It was an encouraging performance against Italy even if it was a rotten result,” said Lineker.
“There is nothing for England to fear. What they have to do is reproduce the performance they showed against Italy.”
England completed 89.5% of their 267 passes in the opposition half which, going into Tuesday’s matches, was the highest of any team in the tournament.
“Those statistics were extraordinary for an England team,” added Match of the Day presenter Lineker, who scored 48 goals in 80 England appearances.
“I cannot remember England coming close to another team when it comes to those sorts of passing statistics.”
He said that if England keep playing the same way, then the “future looks considerably brighter than it did even just a few months ago”, even if they ultimately fail to make it out of their group.
“England have got some terrific young players coming through,” added the former Leicester, Tottenham, Everton and Barcelona frontman.
England played a 4-2-3-1 formation on Saturday, with Daniel Sturridge, 24, as a lone striker in front of Wayne Rooney, 28, Raheem Sterling, 19, and 23-year-old Danny Welbeck.
“England played some really good football,” added Lineker. “Sterling was exceptional. He took people on, he is strong, quick and dangerous.”
Lineker said he expected manager Roy Hodgson to pick a similar team for the game against Uruguay, although he conceded Rooney could be shifted into a different position after starting wide on the left against Italy.

Lineker played in two World Cups, starting 12 games and scoring 10 goals
But he added that “all eyes will be on Sterling to see if he can perform as well” as he did against the Italians.
Uruguay were beaten 3-1 by Costa Rica in their opening game and were without Luis Suarez as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
The Liverpool striker had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage in his left knee on 22 May.
“I’m sure Suarez will play some part – they have nothing to lose – but can he really be 100% fit?” asked Lineker. “I rather think not.”
Group D permutations for England

If England beat Uruguay, they will face Costa Rica knowing victory is likely to see them qualify.

If England draw, then victory against Costa Rica could be enough, if Costa Rica lose against Italy on Friday.

If England lose, then they would need to beat Costa Rica and hope Italy beat Uruguay and Costa Rica.

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Man City set for Newcastle opener


Manchester City will begin the defence of their Premier League title against Newcastle on the weekend of 16 August
Premier League champions Manchester City will start their 2014-15 Premier League campaign at Newcastle.
The opening weekend of 16 August also sees promoted Burnley face Chelsea.
Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United host Swansea and Ronald Koeman’s Southampton visit Liverpool.
promoted Wolves face Norwich in the pick of a Championship fixture list that also includes Cardiff’s visit to Blackburn.
Relegated duo Yeovil and Doncaster meet in League One, where Fleetwood Town make their debut at that level against Crewe at Highbury Stadium.
In League Two, Luton have been given a long trip to Carlisle for their return to the Football League after a five-year absence, with fellow promoted side Cambridge entertaining Plymouth.
The entire Football League programme opens on 9 August.
Tottenham will begin life under new boss Mauricio Pochettino with a local derby at West Ham, while the Premier League’s other new manager, Alan Irvine, sends his West Brom side into action at home to Sunderland.
Last season’s Championship winners Leicester will look forward to a meeting with Everton and QPR’s Championship play-off triumph has earned them an opening day fixture with Hull at Loftus Road.
Arsenal, who ended their nine-year wait for a trophy at Wembley in the FA Cup final last month, entertain Crystal Palace.
Of the three rounds of fixtures that are played prior to the first international break, Manchester City’s encounter with Premier League runners-up Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, pencilled in for August 23, is the most eye-catching.
Everton, who have a Europa League campaign to look forward to after finishing fifth in Roberto Martinez’s debut season, have successive home games against Arsenal and Chelsea once their trip to Leicester is out of the way.
Three of last season’s top four end the campaign at home, with only Liverpool having to travel for their final game on 24 May, away to Stoke.
Opening fixtures (weekend of 16 August)
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Chelsea
Leicester City v Everton
Liverpool v Southampton
Manchester United v Swansea City
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Queens Park Rangers v Hull City
Stoke City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
Opening fixtures elsewhere
Scottish Premiership – Championship – League One – League Two
Club-by-club Premier League fixtures
Arsenal Manchester United
AstonVilla Newcastle United
Burnley Queens Park Rangers
Chelsea Southampton
Crystal Palace Stoke City
Everton Sunderland
Hull City Swansea City
Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City West Ham United

Keshi’s final list to brazil


After hours of waiting on Monday, Stephen Keshi released the final World Cup list at midnight. And as the drama and suspense that preceded the release, the list also came with some surprises.

Joseph Yobo will play in his third FIFA World Cup finals and have opportunity to become Nigeria’s first-ever century — international after he was named in the African champions’ final list of 23 for Brazil 2014 but African Nations Championship Most Valuable Player, Ejike Uzoenyi and AFCON winner, Sunday Mba failed to make the final cut. Gabriel Rueben and Babatunde Michael made the list.

Also going to their third World Cup are goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide, but midfield strongman Mikel Obi will only be attending his first finals after Nigeria narrowly missed Germany 2006 and he was omitted from South Africa 2010 due to injury.

Former junior international defender Elderson Echiejile and Olympic silver medallist Osaze Odemwingie, who were also in South Africa four years ago, make the cut for the biggest showpiece in football, starting in 10 days’ time.

South Africa 2013 top scorer Emmanuel Emenike is joined in the attack by England-based duo of Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi, and former junior international Uche Nwofor, but there is no place for Olympic silver medallist Obinna Nsofor and nimble-footed Nnamdi Oduamadi.

Home-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, diminutive midfielder Joel Obi and former U-23 star Nosa Igiebor also miss out on the trip to South America.

One of Nigeria’s first round opponents at the World Cup, Argentina released their list hours ahead of the time Nigerian officials had announced they would release the Super Eagles list on Monday.

Manchester City pair Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero will join Lionel Messi and others in Argentina’s 23-man squad.

Coach Alejandro Sabella final selection is brimming with attacking talents.

Barcelona talisman Messi will lead the pursuit of global glory this summer, but he will be ably assisted by an enviable array of proven performers at the peak of their powers.

City striker Aguero falls into that category after helping to secure the Premier League title in 2013/14 – alongside fellow countryman Zabaleta.

Final List

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Chigozie Agbim

Defenders: Joseph Yobo, Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose, Kunle Odunlami

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez, Michael Uchebo, Reuben Gabriel

Forwards: Osaze Odemwingie, Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Babatunde Michael, Victor Moses, Uche Nwofor.

REAL wins 10th CL TROPHY!!!


Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup as they finally overwhelmed arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in a compelling Champions League final in Lisbon.
The emphatic scoreline after extra time does no justice to the drama that unfolded at Estadio da Luz as Atletico stood moments from winning the trophy for the first time only to end exhausted and well beaten.
Diego Godin capitalised on an error from Real’s veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas to give Diego Simeone’s newly crowned La Liga champions a first-half lead, one they protected with fierce intensity until 90 seconds from the end of five minutes of stoppage time when Sergio Ramos headed in Luka Modric’s corner.Atletico wilted visibly after that, and Real ruthlessly completed the job of becoming the first club to claim the trophy 10 times, an achievement known as “La Decima” (the 10th).
Bale, who had wasted earlier chances, headed in from an acute angle after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blocked Angel Di Maria’s shot with 11 minutes left. This was effectively the match-winning moment.
The Welshman kept going despite not being at his best and this was the sort of contribution that he and Real had in mind when he made his £86m move from Tottenham last summer.
Substitute Marcelo added a third with a shot Courtois should have saved before Cristiano Ronaldo salvaged something from a disappointing personal performance, scoring his 17th goal of this Champions League campaign from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Gabi.
It was all too much for the combustible Simeone, the game ending amid chaotic scenes when he raced on to the pitch to confront Real’s Raphael Varane and was sent off.
In contrast, the calm figure of Real coach Carlo Ancelotti was able to enjoy his own place in history alongside Bob Paisley, joining the former Liverpool manager as the only men to win the trophy three times as a coach having previously secured the crown twice with AC Milan, and twice as a player.
Real ultimately deserved the victory for their greater attacking intent but Atletico came so close to delivering another spectacular affirmation of their progress under Simeone.
The fitness of striker Diego Costa was a central topic of debate in the build-up, with the Spanish striker using horse placenta as part of his treatment for the hamstring injury he suffered when Atletico clinched La Liga for the first time in 18 years with a draw at Barcelona.
It was only nine minutes before the answer was delivered as a clearly unfit Costa signalled to the bench that he could not continue and was replaced by Adrian Lopez.
Ancelotti gambled on the fitness of Sami Khedira as a starter even though the German midfielder had only played an hour in six months after a knee ligament injury.
He had little chance to make an impact as the intensity of Atletico’s approach – which also carried the occasional over-physical edge – offered no time and space for their creative players.
Real’s best chance in the first half fell to Bale after 32 minutes when he was carelessly presented with the ball by Tiago but, after showing typical pace to surge into the area, he placed his shot inches wide.
Atletico took advantage and went ahead four minutes later, the responsibility for the goal lying predominantly with veteran Real and Spain goalkeeper Casillas.
He was indecisive as he rushed out recklessly to claim Juanfran’s header back into the box, allowing Godin to nudge the ball over him as he desperately tried to recover his ground.
Ronaldo, who had also been an injury doubt with a hamstring problem, had been marginalised but finally got in on the action early in the second half with a free-kick that was turned away by Courtois.
He was then only inches away from getting his head on a cross from Ramos as Real looked to their talisman to haul them back into contention.
Ancelotti made his move with a double change just before the hour, sending on Marcelo for Fabio Coentrao and Isco for Khedira.
Bale had opportunities to bring Real back into the game but he was off target from the edge of the area and was wide again with an angled finish when his pace took him into the area.
Atletico’s defending was becoming increasingly desperate but they showed great resilience, only to be denied deep into stoppage time as Ramos rose magnificently to direct Modric’s corner past Courtois.
During the break before the restart, Atletico’s drained and disappointed players were stretching out on blue mats laid out on the turf while the revived Real side gathered in a huddle to galvanise themselves once more.
It was a clear indication of how the momentum had shifted so significantly and those three goals in the second period of added time wrote another chapter in the history of this tournament’s most successful club

YES!!!! THE QUEENS ARE BACK TO EPL!!!


QPR substitute Bobby Zamora struck a dramatic 90th-minute winner as 10-men Rangers made an immediate return to the Premier League by defeating Derby in an absorbing play-off final at Wembley.
The London side had been hanging on – with goalkeeper Robert Green making a series of good saves – before Zamora pounced on an error from Derby defender Richard Keogh to score just his fourth goal of the season with Rangers’ only shot on target.
Harry Redknapp’s side had been reduced to 10 men just before the hour when Gary O’Neil was red carded for a late challenge on Johnny Russell, who was closing down on goal.
Derby were already in the ascendancy by then and looked likely to go on and win the contest after assuming a numerical advantage. But Rangers defended with courage and organisation and struck decisively through Zamora, as boss Redknapp ended his first play-off campaign with promotion.
QPR had laboured through periods of the Championship season and won just four of their previous 10 games coming into the Wembley final.
But they can now start planning for a return to the top flight, with the club set to benefit by £80m according to one estimate from Sport Business Group Deloitte.
However, it may not all be plain sailing for Rangers, who made a £65.4m loss during the 2012-13 season and could yet face a huge fine at the end of the year under the Football League’s financial fair play regulations if they suffer another heavy loss for the campaign just finished.

None of this will matter to luckless Derby, who were the better side for large periods.
They have played with spirit, skill and freedom under manager Steve McClaren, who took over in September with the club 14th in the Championship table.
But the young Rams side will have to wait for at least another year if they are to return to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2008.
QPR, rich in age and experience, initially looked the most accomplished but they created few clear openings – top scorer Charlie Austin shot over from distance and Joey Barton smashed a free-kick into the wall – and lost Niko Kranjcar to injury by break.
Derby lined up 4-3-3 with Will Hughes retaining his place in midfield despite the return to fitness of Craig Bryson as both teams were unchanged from their semi-final second-leg fixtures.
At first, the Rams looked like a young team suffering stage fright before slowly starting to impose themselves on the contest.
Craig Forsyth headed wide and the increasingly influential Hughes thought he had been caught inside the area by Richard Dunne after pulling off a Cruyff turn but his protests were ignored by referee Lee Mason.
The nearest the game came to a goal before the end of a poor opening half was through a Jamie Ward free-kick that everybody missed except for Hoops keeper Green, who made a good scrambling save.
Austin shot wide after the restart but, that aside, Derby were clearly on top and the odds moved further in their favour when O’Neil was dismissed for his challenge on Russell just short of the penalty area. Rangers lost possession in midfield and O’Neil unquestionably snuffed out a goalscoring opportunity.
By now the momentum was firmly in Derby’s favour and Green made a trio of saves to deny substitutes Craig Bryson and Simon Dawkins as well as Chris Martin.
It was one team holding on, another punching holes in the opposition defence and looking to strike a decisive blow but, after Derby failed to clear a throw-in and the soon-to-be inconsolable Rams captain Keogh scuffed his clearance, Zamora buried his effort from 10 yards as Rangers snatched victory.